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a question on who all reloads?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by rockjd79, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. rockjd79

    rockjd79 New Member

    I was trying to get my brother-in-law to see the value of reloading. Beside the cost, and knowing exact components in each round. I was trying to tell him about the accuracy that can be gained by reloading. The question that came back to me was, "so do all snipers and competition shooters reload?" I didn't know how to answer this one.
  2. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    I would guess most snipers don't and most competition shooters do.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013
  3. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    I saw a show about snipers somewhere. Part of the show thew were talking about the hand loading of the rounds. The shooter himself was not doing the loading but some other soldier.

    Cannot say if that is really true but made sense.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2013
  4. hueyville

    hueyville Well-Known Member

    Most rounds used by U.S. snipers are handloads built in the arsenal by the same smith that build the rifle under exacting conditions. Snipers have too much other stuff to hump around when in country.
  5. jim243

    jim243 Well-Known Member

    Tell his YES, each time they reload their gun.

  6. Skulptor

    Skulptor Well-Known Member

    The movie Jack Reacher has some interesting scenes and dialog about reloading and snipers. It doesn't answer your question definitively but, it does indicate competetors and snipers do have/use handloads.
    Good flick btw.
  7. Hungry1

    Hungry1 Well-Known Member

    Most rounds used by U.S snipers are made by Lake City. :)
  8. KansasSasquatch

    KansasSasquatch Well-Known Member

    I think Hungry1 is right about Lake City. I would assume thats why Lake City makes "match grades" of certain calibers and has for years. But the competitive shooting teams of at least some of the armed forces do have military personnel making custom handloads for specific rifles. Lake City ammo isn't bad but there's no way off the shelf ammo is going to work for highly competitive shooting matches.
  9. medalguy

    medalguy Well-Known Member

    When I was on an Air Force rifle team, we pulled the bullets and remeasured the powder for competition. Mostly we pulled the 173 gr bullets, reweighed the charge, and seated Sierra 168 gr HPBT bullets. So yes, most competitive shooters and probably snipers DO reload their ammo.
  10. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member

    Besides accuracy another reason to reload is to get premium bullets for your most accurate load. I load Nosler Partitions in all my hunting handloads. They aren't quite as accurate as Ballistic Tips but they don't fail on game.
  11. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    +1. Current issue U.S. military sniper ammo is Lake City M118 LR and has been since 1997. Snipers do NOT reload their own ammo. They shoot whatever their department (police) or Uncle Sam issues them.

  12. RandyP

    RandyP Well-Known Member

    If your brother in law in not interested in reloading, he isn't interested in reloading. Typically folks can reload most common calibers for about 1/2 the cost of store bought but for any number of reasons most shooters do NOT reload. It is a fun and rewarding hobby ONLY if a person is looking for a fun and rewarding hobby. Otherwise it could easily be viewed as a P.I.A. and a waste of free time.

    Reloads are not necessarily any more 'accurate' than store bought, regardless of what sniper do - lol - because it all depends on the skill of the reloader and their attention to detail.
  13. mcdonl

    mcdonl Well-Known Member

    Many people who shoot hate the thought of reloading. I do it because it is fun. I spend more money on reloading supplies and equipment than I do on guns lately.
  14. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    Yup yup.

    Competition guys such as those at perry do a little bullet smashing, so I hear......
  15. mtrmn

    mtrmn Well-Known Member

    To me what DOES make reloads more accurate is the fact you can fine-tune your loads for YOUR gun.
  16. 45lcshooter

    45lcshooter Well-Known Member

    Snipers do not shoot the volume as competition shooters. The theory behind snipers is 1 shot 1 kill. So to answer the question, I would bet the house that snipers either reload or have a source in the military to have special reloads made just for them. Remember snipers are the elite of elite competition shooters.
  17. Bud0505

    Bud0505 Well-Known Member

    Hopefully your brother in law is giving you his brass.
  18. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    Get ready to sign over the deed, 45lcshooter. Below is what is issue ammo for Army and Marine Corp. snipers and DM's.


    Please tell us where snipers are issued reloading equipment as part of their kit? Or, tell us what Army or Marine Corp unit provides the "special reloads"? And, I hate to tell you, but most snipers are not competition shooters; competition shooters are by and large civilians.

  19. RustyFN

    RustyFN Well-Known Member

    I saw a special on TV about military snipers and they said the same thing.
  20. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    Well, if it's on TV, then it must be true.:rolleyes:


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